Pregnancy can legitimately get you out of a lot of obligations you’d rather not deal with – and more often than not, nobody will bat an eye. However, when it comes to seeing your dentist for your twice-annual check-up and cleaning – pregnancy won’t really get you out of it. But there’s a good reason for that.
While a whole lot of things may seem like just too much – it’s easy to think, “The dentist!? hell no. I’m pregnant.” but the good reason for keeping your dental checkups and not giving into the urge to reschedule is a pretty simple one: because your mouth goes through a lot of changes when you’re pregnant.
As our dentists in Garden Grove explain:
Many women experience some kind of oral hygiene problem during their pregnancy. This could be blamed partly on a change in routine or a change in diet, but most of all it’s tied to changing hormone levels that influence the gums to gradually get inflamed and sore. This is otherwise known as gingivitis – or, more specifically, pregnancy gingivitis.
On top of this, women also have a higher likelihood of getting cavities or experiencing enamel erosion while pregnant. Again, this can happen for a number of reasons. On one level, we still have hormones to deal with and a gradually changing diet. On another, we are dealing with symptoms like vomiting, nausea, and acid reflux – which can all increase the number of acids hanging around in your mouth. And If you’ve kept up with our Anaheim area dental practice‘s blog posts for a while, you’ll know how acid helps eat away at your teeth to cause cavities and other problems.
Don’t worry though.
Continue brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing with good technique, and be sure to see your dentist ideally at least once during your pregnancy. It could be a great way to prevent any troublesome dental issues from cropping up when you least plan for them.